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    Source: http://www.ghananewsagency.org/s_health/r_20373/

    H1N1 influenza still with us - Dr Tinkorang
    September 15, 2010

    Sunyani (B/A), Sept. 15, GNA - Dr Emmanuel Tinkorang, Deputy Brong-Ahafo Regional Director of Health Services, on Tuesday appealed to the media to intensify efforts in sensitizing and educating the public about the continued prevalence of the H1N1 Influenza.

    He said in spite of recent declaration by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that the pandemic was over, there were still pockets of its infection in West Africa, the Caribbean and South East Asia.

    Dr Tinkorang was speaking at a workshop aimed at sensitizing the media and other stakeholders on H1N1, Hepatitis B and the impending measles immunization exercise, scheduled for November this year in the region.

    "The pandemic could be over according to the World Health Organisation case definitions but as far as Africa and for that matter, Ghana is concerned, we are still reporting cases of the outbreak of the pandemic and in Brong-Ahafo we recently reported of the outbreak of the disease in Techiman and Kintampo," he said.

    He called on the media, especially the radio stations to continue with public education on the vaccination, testing, control and prevention of the disease to augment government efforts at curbing its spread in the country.

    Mr Mark Atuahene, Regional Health Information Officer, said the influenza sentinel surveillance sites had been set up across the region as part of measures aimed at controlling the disease.

    He indicated that globally 61 countries had received 45,449,550 doses of the H1N1 vaccines as at July 2 this year and Ghana received 2,300,000 doses and other ancillary items.

    The regional health information officer however cited inadequate filling of influenza case investigation forms, difficult to obtain relevant data on investigation forms and misconceptions about H1N1 vaccines, among others, as challenges confronting the fight against the pandemic in the region...
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